Canadian Egyptian Heritage Association
Days of Action For Newcomer Students And Parents
The Canadian Egyptian Heritage Association (CEHA) is launching a spring/summer educational program. The program is composed of 5 “Days of Action” between the months of April to August 2022 in support of newcomer students in grades 7-10 and their parents living in the GTA Region of Ontario.
There are 3 main objectives for this project, which are as follows:
- To provide the knowledge on how to combat racism and hate if encountered in the school community.
- To provide newcomer students and parents with the knowledge, space and tools to build/rebuild connections with their school communities in a post-pandemic environment; and,
- To provide parents with the knowledge and tools to support newcomer students with improving their confidence and mental health.
Each Day of Action will focus on a different topic as follows:
- Racial Equity and Diversity in School Communities
- Conduct group activities to bring together newcomer students and parents and build connections
- Conduct discussions on racial equity in school environments
- Gender Equality in Relation to Race
- Introduction of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how interfaith dialogue and racial cohesion and unity exist in Ontario and indeed in Canada
- Identifying and Building Community Allies and Resources
- Introducing community resources, helplines and agencies which can assist youth and parents in seeking assistance and advice on handling racism and discrimination
- Inviting guest speakers from the social services field to help newcomer students and parents recognize what a community ally is in the context of community racism and discrimination.
- Building Mental Health and Confidence in Youth
- Inviting social service organizations to provide mental health resources for students and parents
- Conduct activities to help students build confidence and capacity to build connections with other students
- Combating Acts of Discrimination and Hate
- Introducing community partners working in the social services field to provide resources and tools to assist students and help navigate acts of discrimination and racism in a school environment
The activities are going to take place both in person and online. More details about the location and dates are going to be published soon.